"That this Council agrees to pilot a participatory budget instead of a discretionary fund in one of our 5 areas. A participatory budget would facilitate citizens in local communities to directly decide how to spend the discretionary budget in their area. It would give citizens the direct power to determine spending priorities to improve their community/area."
"Participatory Budgeting gives people the power to improve their area and it is empowering, civic minded, educational, fair and transparent. Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for people to have a direct say in how local money is spent. I believe that it would be a tool for community engagement and for developing participatory democracy in our city. It was done as a pilot in areas of South County Dublin Local Authority, and proved very successful. We could follow their model or tweak to suit us."